Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen  Ariel Cohen is a Mesoscale Assistant/Fire Weather Forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.  This is his fifth year working at the SPC, and he is currently in his fourth year of the PhD program at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology.  He received his M.S. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2008, and is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University –having received a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Ohio State in 2006.  He hails from Worthington, Ohio — a north-side suburb of Columbus.  Before working at the SPC, he worked as a General Forecaster at the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Great Falls, Montana and Jackson, Mississippi, and he was also a surface Analyst at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.  IN addition to forecasting, he is involved in a variety of research projects, including southeast United States cold season severe weather environments and related planetary boundary layer modeling, along with deep convection occurring during the United States monsoon pattern.  He has also published research on Gulf of California gale-wind events, mesoscale convective system severity, violent tornado environments, synotpic-scale patterns associated with tropical-cyclone tornadoes, and south-Florida flash flooding.  He is also teaching the first-ever course at the University of Oklahoma where Storm Prediction Center staff members are presenting on their areas of expertise to graduate and undergraduate students.  When he’s not forecasting, doing research, grading papers, or lifting weights, Ariel enjoys hanging out with friends and skateboarding around Norman, and is an avid Ohio State fan.  GO BUCKS!!!

His presentation is entitled “A Day in the Life of a Storm Prediction Center Forecaster”

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